27. July 2020 · 1 comment · Categories: vocal

Arvo Pärt: Vater Unser

From the YouTube page:

Julien Brocal and Cai Thomas collaborate on a new video of Pärt’s Vater Unser, recording their respective piano and vocal parts 250 miles apart, without ever having even met.

Julien discovered the voice of 13-year-old Cai Thomas as he recuperated from COVID-19 in March and was immediately struck by the purity and clarity of tone he heard. With plans already in place to record Pärt’s Vater Unser as part of an album set for 2021 release, Julien felt strongly that Cai’s voice was the perfect vehicle for the piece, so evocative of hope as it traverses from the heart-breaking B Minor melody to the D Major release of tension at its conclusion. With the help of their label Rubicon, Julien and Cai were able to collaborate from afar, recording a video of this track at their respective homes in Brussels in Belgium and Farnham in the U.K.

A prayer which asks for peace, something that we can all hope for regardless of faith at this most challenging of times, Julien and Cai hope their music can offer a few moments of solidarity and hope for all of us at home around the world. Julien says: “Cai’s voice appeared as light shining through darkness, and I couldn’t see a better moment to create together this uplifting music.”

11. May 2020 · Comments Off on Kyrie Eleison · Categories: ACappellaAnyday™, vocal · Tags: ,

I would wait to post this for a Sunday Morning or Evening post, but … well … I just can’t wait. It’s just lovely.

Patriarch Ilya II of Georgia: Kyrie Eleison
Russian Orthodox Male Choir of Australia; Gregori Scanlan, Solo; Nectar Kotlaroff, Conductor

Audio Producer: Nektary Kotlaroff
Video Producer: Adrian Metlenko

29. February 2020 · 1 comment · Categories: vocal · Tags: , ,

I am listening to this so I figure I’ll share it with the few who still visit this site.

Miserere by James Macmillan recorded live at Trinitatis Kirke, Copenhagen in April 2019. Ars Nova Copenhagen conducted by Paul Hillier

31. December 2019 · Comments Off on Goodbye, 2019. Hello, 2020. · Categories: ACappellaAnyday™, vocal · Tags: ,

Linda Kachelmeier: We Toast the Days
Cantus

Performed by Cantus on December 20, 2018 at the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas in St. Paul, MN.

Music and lyrics by Linda Kachelmeier
https://www.lindakachelmeier.com/

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When the clock strikes twelve and another year has gone,
I give a kiss to you
As remembrance of the past we have shared and the future yet to come.

We toast the days, both good and bad,
the old friends and the new.
When the clock strikes twelve and another year has gone,
I give a kiss to you.

While the night is long and the bitter cold has come,
we lengthen our embrace
To sustain us as we mourn our regrets and the fear of days unknown.

We toast the days…

As we stand on the edge of another bright new year,
I take your hand in mine
With assurance of the courage we will find
and the hope that leads us on.

17. March 2019 · Comments Off on Prayer of St. Patrick · Categories: ACappellaAnyday™, vocal

John Rutter: Prayer of St. Patrick
Cambridge Singers; John Rutter

17. March 2019 · Comments Off on Another Irish Blessing · Categories: ACappellaAnyday™, vocal

Irish Blessing: arr. Gavin David Lee
Trondhjems Studentersangforening; Gavin David Lee, Conductor

17. March 2019 · Comments Off on Irish Blessing · Categories: ACappellaAnyday™, vocal

There are a few versions of the Irish blessing. I am sharing this first, but may share another in a while.

J. E. Moore: An Irish Blessing
Mixed Choir Juventus: Valdis Tomsons Director

06. March 2019 · Comments Off on A Silence Haunts Me · Categories: vocal

Recently an article about hearing damage has been going around. We musicians struggle with loud sounds a lot. Many of us have experienced hearing loss.

I just landed on a work by Jake Runestad that deals with Beethoven’s hearing loss. It’s quite moving. The poem, based on a letter from Beethoven, is by Todd Boss and I’m pasting it exactly as he wants it to be formatted below.

What a moving work. You can read so much more about it’s creation here.

The recording level is rather low so you might need to turn your sound up.

This brings back memories of playing the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy as the movies played. That was, as it turns out, a once in a lifetime experience for me, and it was one that I will never forget. (There are so many of those “once in a lifetime” events and I only now am realizing what that means. Sometime I’ll have to make a list of them, I suppose.)

May It Be
Songwriters: Howard Leslie Shore / Nicky Ryan / Roma Shane Ryan / Ethne Patricia Brennan
Voces8

06. January 2019 · Comments Off on A Bit of Lovely · Categories: Listen, vocal

… by a composer new to me. Have any of you heard of Muriel Herbert?

The Lost Nightingale
Dame Sarah Connolly and Joseph Middleton

The Lost Nightingale

Alcuin of York , translated by Helen Jane Waddell

Whoever stole you from that bush of broom,
I think he envied me my happiness,
O little nightingale, for many a time
You lightened my sad heart from its distress,
And flooded my whole soul with melody,
And I would have the other birds all come,
And sing along with me thy threnody.
So brown and dim that little body was,
But none could scorn thy singing. In that throat,
That tiny throat, what depth of harmony,
And all night long, ringing that changing note,
What marvel if the cherubim in heaven
Continually do praise Him, when to thee,
O small and happy, such a grace was given?

from Medieval Latin Lyrics (1929)